They may not be the most glamorous part of the home, but flooring is an essential part of design. With our designers' advice, it can also be beautiful.
Flooring, it’s what’s underfoot. Literally everywhere you go in an interior, there will be a floor. (It’s kinda a necessary part of, you know, a building.) And since flooring is, in fact, everywhere, it often tends to be overlooked. It fulfills its utilitarian role, and that is seen to be enough. But from a designer’s perspective, flooring is just as important as paint color, finishing accessory choices, and major pieces of furniture. In fact, when considered carefully, flooring can be a beautiful design statement.
When considered carefully, flooring can be a beautiful design statement.
First things first
When choosing or replacing flooring, like any major design decision, take a moment to consider what would be best for your home. The two major factors when it comes to what’s underfoot are durability and functionality. Based off of the area of the home, different types of flooring may be best. For example, the front door entryway, which has high foot traffic, needs a type of floor that will withstand a lot of wear and tear, but on the flip side, storage closets, which hardly see any action, can have something that is less durable. Homepolish’sputs it this way, “Think about the amount of abuse your floors will take! Durability and how easy it is to clean are primary concerns. For example, if you know you like to do art projects on the floor, light carpet is probably not your best bet.” Designer Shannon Tate seconds this saying that one should consider how the space is used, the foot traffic, and the likelihood of spills.
The two major factors when it comes to what’s underfoot are durability and functionality.
Knowing this, bathrooms and kitchens (where the majority of spills are likely to take place) should see flooring choices that are reflective of their function. Living rooms, bedrooms, and offices can take on more accident-prone options such as carpeting.
Which floors go where?
And speaking of individual rooms, there are certain flooring options that work well with certain areas. In the bathroom, which as mentioned earlier can see a lot of spills and general moisture, wood is not a good idea due to the inevitable warping caused by temperature fluctuation and water. And believe it or not, carpeted bathrooms used to be a thing. Can anyone say mildew? The best bathroom flooring solution is tile. However, even when it comes to tile, Jennifer has a word of caution: “Be careful about grout application and color choice with cement tiles in particular. Even with sealant applied first, they can absorb the color of the grout, making the tiles appear dirty. Allow them to cure several days after sealant is applied, don’t spread grout across the entire floor, and remove excess grout immediately.”
The kitchen and entryway also do well with tile or polished concrete (just be sure in the kitchen to consider washable runners or pads for those areas where you’ll be on your feet most).
In the dining, living, office, and bedrooms, as mentioned earlier, carpeting and rugs can be considered. However, unless you’re a mega fan of That 70s Show, hardwood flooring is proving to be the go-to option across the board. Wood has proven over the years to be timeless, as long as you don’t arrange it in a strange pattern.
With flooring, you want to go for timeless over trendiness. After all, unlike furnishings or paint colors, flooring is much more difficult to replace. Having said that, we do recognize that there are current trends when it comes to flooring. For hardwood flooring, 8-inch-thick plants are becoming more popular as it allows the grain of the wood to really stand out. Polished concrete, once only used in commercial settings, is turning to residential applications. (An interesting reversal of residential design affecting office design) This is especially popular in industrial, loft-like spaces. Layer in a couple rugs and it becomes more cozy. Lastly, Shannon also notes that pattern is popping up everywhere. Latin-inspired prints, Moroccan patterns, bold colors and graphics… people aren’t afraid to start drawing more attention to the floor.
With flooring, you want to go for timeless over trendiness.
Our favorite sources
Once you’ve considered your space, the function, and the trends, you’re ready to get shopping. These are our favorite go-to sources for flooring: CMC Hardwood Floors, Cle Tile, Cement Tile Shop, Exquisite Surfaces, Floor & Decor, and Flor.
To tackle the choices, installation, and design, call out to a Homepolish designer! They’ve got this info nailed down.